United States funds US$660,000 Sa’anapu Primary School

Happy faces as the Sa’anapu school children celebrate with the US Ambassador, Mark Gilbert and Mrs. Gilbert and the school principal 

APIA, SAMOA – FRIDAY 09 DECEMBER 2016: The students of the Sa’anapu Primary School are rounding off the year on a bright note. The school this week delivered a new 420 meter hall, a new perimeter fence, a dual water tank and pump system that includes a water tower tank stand which supplies the entire school with an improved drinking water station and various repairs to the existing main school building.

The project costs USD$660,000 and was funded by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Overseas Humanitarian, Disaster, and Civic Aid (OHDACA). This is the same fund that built the Faleolo Medical Center in 2013 and will be doing further construction works at Sataoa Primary and Safata College early next year.

The school building was damaged extensively by Cyclone Evan and while the most acute needs of the school were addressed immediately after the cyclone by the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture and school committee, there was still a need for further repairs and improvements to the school.

From that, consultations between MESC and the U.S. Embassy started, on how the U.S. could assist in the aftermath of the cyclone.

Minister of Education, Honorable Loau Keneti Sio

The Minister of Education, Loau Keneti Sio, US Ambassador Mark and Mrs. Gilbert, Director of Education Dr. Karoline Afamasaga, Safata MP Leaana Ronnie, Reverend Danny Epati, the school principal and members of the school committee 

The Minister of Education, Loau Keneti Sio gave the key note address representing the Government of Samoa while U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa Mark Gilbert delivered remarks on behalf of the United States government thanking all the development and community partners that helped bring the project to fruition.

“Our hope is that this new facility, water system, fence and other school repairs will vastly improve the education experience at Sa’anapu Primary,” said Ambassador Mark Gilbert.

“I trust that you see this project as symbolic of our enduring support and of the vibrant friendship our two nations enjoy.  May the work done here under this project improve the lives of students and teachers of Sa’anapu Primary for many years to come,” he concluded.

The school hall was built in accordance with the International Building code and U.S. engineering standards and is certified to withstand a category 5 cyclone.